Running “Shorts” – 2020 Mid-Penn Girls XC

Here are some notes for the 2020 Mid-Penn Girls XC season.

Someone other than Taryn Parks or Marlee Starliper will win the Mid-Penn individual title this season. Parks is off to UNC and Starliper is joining NC State. Will be cool to watch them continue to battle in the ACC!

State College has won the past 5 team titles; can they make it 6? They finished 2019 as the state runner-ups in AAA. Speaking of 2019 state’s…

Team results at 2019 State Championships:


#2 State College (District VI)

#3 Hershey

#5 Mechanicsburg

#9 Carlisle


#2 Northern

#11 Boiling Springs


#3 Camp Hill

Yeah, the Mid-Penn Conference had 4 of the top 10 team’s in the state last season in AAA. Add in Northern from AA and they likely had 5 off the top 10 team’s in the state overall last season. I will keep lobbying for District 3 to get more automatic team and individual qualifiers for the state championships.

Based on 2019 Mid-Penn Conference results, the following are the top returning teams for 2020:

1. Chambersburg – 63 points

2. Hershey – 75 points

3. State College – 105 points

4. Mechanicsburg – 108 points

5. Carlisle – 123 points

Cumberland Valley could also be positioned to make some noise.

Best depth heading into 2020 (# of returning athletes with top 80 conference meet times, includes JV results):

1. State College – 14

2. Hershey – 10

3. Chambersburg – 9

4. Palmyra – 7

Top 15 returnees from 2019 conference meet:

Returning state medalists include:


Camryn Kiser, Chambersburg – 14th

Marlee Kwasnica, State College – 17th


Peyton Ellis, Boiling Springs – 14th

All 3 returning medalists were freshman last season. Speaking of freshman…

Potential impact freshman in 2020:

Claire Paci, Greencastle-Antrim – won PTXC10 and the Carlisle MS Meet of Champions. She went on to run 19:54 for 5k to get the win at the Footlocker NE Regional 13-14 year division. She won by 24 seconds. She would have placed 80th in the HS Championship division. She’s one of, if not the top freshman in the state for 2020.

Alexis Boyd, Chambersburg – placed 10th at the 2019 Carlisle MS Meet of Champions.

Cumberland Valley and Chambersburg had the two best MS programs in the Mid-Penn in 2019.